Study of the Network reveals that our members have much in common with dentists at large

Using data from 4,483 practicing dentists who completed or updated the Enrollment Questionnaire, we learned that our network has a broad representation of practicing dentists, practice types, patient populations, and treatments offered, including diversity regarding race/ethnicity, gender, insurance, and geography of its practitioners and patients. 


Main study highlights

• 34% identified as females and 73% as general dentists.

Most identified as white (70%). Other racial and ethnic groups were Asian (not East Indian, 12%), East Indian Asian (3%), Middle Eastern (1%), Hispanic or Latino (a) (7%), Black (4%), American Indian or Alaska Native (0.2%), Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (0.2%), other (2%), and more than one race (1%)

• Most dentists practiced in large metropolitan areas (87%) and in solo or small practices (72%).

• Most dentists routinely performed restorations and fixed prosthetics (78%), extractions (59%), removable (44%) and implant (40%) prosthetics, and endodontics on incisor and premolar teeth (44%).

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Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

We invited you to complete a Quick Poll asking about dentistry’s ability and willingness to routinely screen all patients, in order to identify and assist those with Opioid Use Disorder. Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) is a bio-psycho-social disease characterized by compulsive opioid use. Left untreated, it often progresses, resulting in clinically significant morbidity and mortality. We asked your opinions regarding the extent to which dentistry is carrying out its clinical responsibility and if negative stigmatization and/or lack of training/knowledge are barriers in doing so.

Main Quick Poll highlights

Respondents believed that about half of their colleagues do not systematically assess or screen all patients for past or present OUD.

Most respondents (78%) expressed willingness to counsel and refer patients who are willing to discuss their OUD.

Most respondents (66%) believe half or more dentists are resistant to assisting patients with OUD, and 38% believe the resistance is due to negative stigmatization of persons with OUD.

While only 17% of respondents believe no additional training would increase OUD screening, the vast majority agreed that many of the eleven CDE topics listed would increase screening.

Main conclusions and implications

Additional education and training through CDE have the potential to increase dentists’ clinical competency in routinely screening all patients for OUD, and their skills at making referrals for those patients willing to discuss their treatment needs. Strategies should be developed to reduce negative stigmatization felt by some dentists regarding persons with OUD. 

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Researcher Spotlight

Dr. Brittaney Hill, a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatric Dentistry at the University of Illinois Chicago, recently joined the National Dental Practice-Based Research Network. Dr. Hill saw the potential for the network to greatly impact the teaching and practice of pediatric dentistry. “Creating a network of practitioners with different experiences, expertise, and ideas will only enhance the quality of research that the pediatric profession produces,” says Dr. Hill. 

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Dr. Brittaney Hill

Current Studies in 2023

Join the 90 practitioners nationwide who have started data collection for almost 700 implants, bringing us closer to our goal of 2,000 implants. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to contribute to this pioneering effort and help improve dental implant therapy outcomes! The registry aims to investigate the success of implant therapy and the rate of complications by tracking 2,000 total dental implants nationwide. This is the first national implant restoration registry funded by the NIH/NIDCR. By enrolling just 10 patients with dental implants at the time of prosthesis placement and following them for three years, you can contribute to this groundbreaking study.

Dental Implant Restoration Registry - DIRR

The POPS study is an exciting research project that aims to provide insight into pain experienced by patients after dental procedures. The goal is to recruit 170 practitioners to enroll a maximum of 3,147 patients who have undergone a surgical dental procedure. With approximately 150 practitioners and over 2,000 patients participating already, the POPS study is in its final stretch. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this research and contribute to the understanding of pain management in dental procedures.

Post-Operative Pain  - POPS

PAAS is our new research study that aims to test adjunctive antibiotics for the treatment of periodontitis. The goal is to recruit 36 practitioners from the South Central, South Western, and Western regions to enroll 544 patients who have periodontitis and are undergoing scaling and root planing. This randomized controlled trial will test the effectiveness of adjunctive antibiotics (Amoxicillin + Metronidazole) versus placebo for the treatment of periodontitis. Contact us if you are interested! 

Periodontal Adjunctive Antibiotics - PAAS
To join a clinical study, contact us today!

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The National Dental Practice-Based Research Network is supported by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), grants U19-DE-028717 and U01-DE-028727

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